United States Department of State Law and Legal Definition

The United States Department of State is the U.S. executive department responsible for international relations of the U.S. It is often referred to as the State Department. It resembles the foreign ministries of other countries. The Department was formed in 1789, and was the first executive department established in the U.S. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Secretary of State heads the department. The secretary is nominated by the U.S. President and confirmed by the senate.

The Department is tasked with the responsibility of operating the diplomatic missions of the U.S. abroad. It is also responsible for implementing the foreign policy of the U.S. and U.S. diplomacy efforts.